Hashkivenu, Helfman

Hashkivenu, Helfman


Composed By: Max Helfman

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Voicing: SATB

Language: Hebrew

Key word: evening prayer

Difficulty: moderately easy

Country: America

Solos: tenor (and soprano, optional)

Instruments: organ (or piano) (orchestration available)

Lyrics: liturgy, evening service

Year Composed/Published: 1942

Timing: 5:00

Tempo: slow

First Line: hashkiveinu, adonai eloheinu leshalom, (Help us to lie down, O Lod our God, in peace)

description: An evening prayer for nocturnal peace and for waking up in the morning in good health. Helfman’s deservedly famous setting has sections that are lyrical (the opening melody has been compared to the Irish folk song, “Danny Boy”) and dramatic. The overall form is ABA.

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